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Big Australia is on track, latest ABS data confirm

Luke Grant

The Australian Bureau of Statistics was out with new immigration statistics yesterday.

They confirmed that “Big Australia” is on track to materialise, with Australia’s population growing by 396, 000 in the year to September 2017.

“Immigration is most definitely the key driver,” says economist Leith van Onselen.

Of that 396, 000 population growth, 250,000 was from net overseas migration.

 With Sydney barely coping with its current population of near 5 million, there are concerns the city will become overwhelmed if the country’s mass immigration program is allowed to continue.

“Anyone in the cities gets to see this first hand every day, when they drive around or try to get onto a packed train,” says Mr Van Onselen.

“Traffic congestion is going to get worse, access to employment is going to get worse, access to schools and hospitals and open green spaces are all going to get worse.”

“By locking in this mass immigration ‘Big Australia’ program, they are all but guaranteeing Sydneysiders standard of living is going to decline.”

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